Memphis to Manchester (Music)
With John Wendland
Thu May 2nd 2013 7.00am–10.00am
Time zone: central
Esther Phillips “I Saw Me” from Behind Closed Doors: Where Country Meets Soul (Kent 2012) —This one goes out in memory of George Jones who passed away last Friday at the age of 81. This song was written by George Jones and June Davis and was originally recorded by George Jones in 1962.Buy it!
Solomon Burke “She Thinks I Still Care” from Proud Mary: The Bell Sessions (Sundazed 2000) —This song was recorded by George Jones in 1962 and became his third #1 country and western hit. This version was recorded in 1969 and was previously unreleased until this 2000 expanded reissue of his 1969 'Proud Mary' album.Buy it!
Bettye Lavette “Choices” from The Scene of the Crime (Anti 2007) —George Jones recorded this song written by Mike Curtis and Billy Yates in 1999 and released it 40 years after his first #1 record, 'White Lightning.' Bettye LaVette does the song proud with a heart-wrenching vocal.Buy it!
Don Covay “I Stole Some Love” from Mercy Mercy: The Definitive Don Covay (Razor & Tie 1994) —Written by Don Covay and recorded at Muscle Shoals in 1968. Don Covay was a big vocal influence on Mick Jagger.Buy it!
Gladys Knight & The Pips “Come See About Me” from Have Mercy! The Songs of Don Covay (Ace 2012) —Written by Don Covay and recorded for the Fury label in 1963. This was their second hit single and recorded early on in their long career.Buy it!
The Funk Brothers “All For You” from 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of the Funk Brothers SINGLE (Motown/Universal 2004) —Music bed. 1965 Motown instrumental.Buy it!
Thee Midniters “Empty Heart” from Thee Complete Midniters: Songs of Love, Rhythm & Psychedelia! (MicroWerks 2009) —1965 Rolling Stones cover out of East L.A.Buy it!
The Rumblers “Blockade aka That's It” from Intoxica! Strange and Sleazy Instrumental Sounds from the SoCal Suburbs (Ace Records 2006) —Music bed. Southern California garage rock instrumental by the band who named themselves after Link Wray's 1958 hit 'Rumble.'Buy it!
Laura Mvula “Green Garden” from Sing to the Moon (RCA Victor 2013) N —Good luck trying to pigeon-hole this artist from Birmingham, England. Is she soul, orchestral pop, jazz? Sure, some of that and more. From her new debut release which just came out in March.Buy it!
Freddie Scott “He Will Break Your Heart” from Cry to Me - The Best of Freddie Scott (Columbia / Legacy 1998) —1967 cover version of the Calvin Carter/Curtis Mayfield/Jerry Butler composition originally recorded by Jerry Butler in 1960.Buy it!
The Exciters “Soul Motion” from Soul Motion: The Complete Bang, Shout and RCA Recordings 1966-1969 (Kent 2009) —Written by Bert Berns and Jeff Barry and recorded in 1967. Why wasn't this a big hit? Flat-out terrific.Buy it!
Jennifer Warnes “Coming Back to You” from Famous Blue Raincoat: The Songs of Leonard Cohen (BMG 1987) —Gorgeous version of the Leonard Cohen song with David Lindley on steel guitar and Bobby King, Willie Greene Jr., and Terry Evans on backing vocals.Buy it!
Shirley Scott “Soul Shoutin'” from The Very Best of Prestige Records (60th Anniversary) (Concord Records, Inc. 2009) —Music bed. 1963 soul jazz instrumental recorded for the Prestige label.Buy it!
Barbara Lynn “You'll Lose A Good Thing (Demo)” from South Texas Rhythm 'n' Soul Revue (Kent 2013) N —Previously unissued demo recorded with just Barbara Lynn and her guitar in Beaumont, TX in 1962.Buy it!
Alex Chilton “All We Ever Got From Them Was Pain (Movie Mix)” from Nothing Can Hurt Me: Original Soundtrack (Omnivore 2013) N —This Alex Chilton acoustic song is from a double-LP version of the soundtrack to the Big Star documentary 'Nothing Can Hurt Me.'Buy it!
Dolly Varden “Thirteen” from 13 (Mid-Fi 2008) —Gorgeous take on the Big Star song from the Chicago-based band. Dolly Varden will be at Twangfest on Sat 6/8 at the Duck Room along with Marshall Crenshaw and the Bottle Rockets. Go to twangfest.com for the entire 4-day lineup.Buy it!
The Pastel Six “A Week From Tuesday” from Intoxica! Strange And Sleazy Instrumental Sounds From the SoCal Suburbs (Ace Records 2006) —Music bed. A toast to the Pastel Six who have been providing musical beds for Memphis to Manchester for many years.Buy it!
Shannon McNally “Can't Pin a Color” from Small Town Talk: The Songs Of Bobby Charles (Sacred Sumac 2013) N —From her new release made up entirely of songs written by New Orleans singer-songwriter, Bobby Charles.Buy it!
George Jones “Hearts in My Dream” from The Best Of George Jones Volume One: Hardcore Honky Tonk (Mercury 1991) —RIP George Jones. Written by George Jones and Roger Miller. 1957 Mercury recording. There has never been a better country music vocalist.Buy it!
George Jones “Just One More” from The Best Of George Jones Volume One: Hardcore Honky Tonk (Mercury 1991) —Written by George Jones and recorded in 1956.Buy it!
Speedy West & Jimmy Bryant “The Rolling Sky” from Swingin' on the Strings: The Speedy West & Jimmy Bryant Collection - Vol. 2 (Razor & Tie 1999) —Music bed. 1956 Capitol instrumental written by Jimmy Bryant.Buy it!
Eric Brace & Peter Cooper “Mad” from The Comeback Album (Red Beet www.redbeetrecords.com 2013) —Eric Brace & Peter Cooper will be at the Focal Point Arts Center this Friday (5/3). - This song was written by Tom T. Hall and also features Mac Wiseman, Duane Eddy, and Marty Stuart.Buy it!
Boss Hall “Wild Mountain Thyme” from In The Pale (Artist 2012) L —Tom Hall and Alice Spencer will be at Joe's Cafe tonight (Thursday 5/2). But wait, there's more! The Geyer Street Sheiks will be at the Schlafy Tap Room this Saturday (5/4). Both shows are highly recommended.Buy it!